Was Justice Served?
If we have time today, I’d like to discuss the case of Annie Tong-Try, the Los Osos woman who accidentally killed a young girl in San Luis Obispo on Halloween night, 2005.
As reported this week, Tong-Try was put on three years’ probation, fined $200 and order to do 100 hours of community service. She agreed to this deal rather than go to trial. Driving her car, Tong-Try hit and killed young Kimberly Macias on South Street in San Luis Obispo.
The city of SLO and Cal Trans already gave the Macias family a $100,000 settlement because of the supposedly poor conditions of the street.
My question: Why was Tong-Try prosecuted to begin with? She wasn’t speeding that night. She wasn’t cited. She broke no law. What happened was a tragic, unfortunate accident, but it was just that — an ACCIDENT. By all accounts, Tong-Try is a responsible and mature young adult with a promising career. Does anyone doubt she’ll be haunted the rest of her life by what happened? Why prosecute?